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Testimonials: Tamim Mohammad

Mr. DeFracesco, I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you yet, but just wanted to let you know I shot 79 yesterday for the first time breaking 80 thanks to the information and analyses of golf swings you have shared online, combined of course with my background in basketball, football and baseball. I’ve had more practice than I should have had this past winter here in Boston, as I was so excited to learn about Mr. Hogan’s swing, and your validation of controlled lowering of the head through the back and down swing, as well as the initial movement of hands in the down swing. I’ve never hit the ball so solid, the compression principles you speak of are really […]

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How to Play Golf Without Thinking

“…When you throw a ball to me, without thought, my hands go up and catch it, When a child or animal runs in front of your car, you automatically apply the brakes. When you throw a punch at me, I intercept and hit you back, but without thought. ‘It’ just happens. ‘It’ is the state of mind the Japanese refer to as “mushin”, which literally means ‘no-mind’. According to Zen masters, mushin is operating when the actor is separate from the act and no thoughts interfere with the action because the unconscious act is the most free and uninhibited. When mushin functions, the mind moves from one activity to another, flowing like a stream of water and filling every space.” […]

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Tip of the Week: Sink More Putts Under Pressure

The “Tip of the Week” series is short videos of things Tour players do that can benefit your game and lower your score. This weeks tip is: “Sink More Putts Under Pressure”.  

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Swing Analysis: John Senden

The winner of last month’s Tour event at Innisbrook, Senden has been one of the Tour’s best ball strikers since he got his card in 2001. Surprisingly he had only one win prior to his most recent, so it’s not hard to guess that he is not one of the best putters out there. Ironically it was his putting and short game that drove him to victory in Florida, capped off by a wonderful pitch-in on the 17th hole. Last year was his worst as far as ball striking goes in almost a decade, but he managed to hold on to his card by improving his overall short game. If he hits it like he’s proven he’s capable of and […]

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Why They’re Good and You’re NOT

What could be so hard about it? Well, I’m guessing that most of you who are reading this right now have been playing golf for a while, and because of that, you realize that the game is anything but easy. If you’ve ever read anything that I’ve written you know that I spend a lot of my time extolling the difficulties of our chosen sport. I can state unequivocally that anyone who calls the game easy either doesn’t play (or doesn’t keep score when they do), is on crack, or is one of the rarest of rare individuals, a naturally good player.

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Swing Analysis: Scott Langley

This is a young lefty with a great future. His swing demonstrates many of the movements and positions that I prefer, which is, of course, why I like it so much. His left arm movement in the takeaway is right out of Hogan, and his lower body movement and sidearm throwing action is both graceful and athletic. He produces a lot of power out of a relatively short swing, which bodes well for his overall consistency, and his shot-making ability was on full display the last round at Innisbrook, when he hit a couple of the best punch shots you will ever see. He does tend to set up a bit toward his heels and then move forward toward the […]

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Pitching Techniques of the Tour Pros

Over time I have compiled quite a number of pitch shots by various Tour pros so I thought it would be interesting to go over some of these and discuss the different techniques they utilize. The two most common shots are the “leading edge” pitch, and the “using the bounce” pitch. As you will see, the leading edge pitch refers to a shot struck with the hands well ahead of the clubhead and the shaft leaning forward at impact. Most of the time the impact position is previewed at address by leaning the weight forward and the hands forward prior to the takeaway. Good examples shown here are Rory McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel. I prefer to hit the majority of […]

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Swing Analysis: Kevin Na

This swing utilizes almost all the preferences I have come up with over time, which makes it, in my opinion, one of the best swings on the Tour. About the only thing I would change or work on would be the backing up of the head, but that is probably something that he has done since he was a kid. My guess is that he would see that as something to get better at and probably spends some time on fixing it, then leaves it alone when it comes to playing. Other than that, you see just about everything performed like a model swing, from the on plane takeaway to the gorgeous wrist and arm position at the top, excellent […]

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Online Students: Andrew Paul

Here is the email Andrew sent with his swings.   In 23 yrs. of golf (I’m 53, 6′-4″, 220 lbs., and marginally athletic) could never maintain a steady head. It would always come up and back. Been focusing on lowering it with the right hip going back and it worked thanks to your teaching on the web site. I would like to achieve three things. 1. Body opening up more through impact. 2. Hands not so “flippy” through the hitting area. 3. Finish with weight all the way forward with my right foot straight up on my toes. Seeing my head lower in the backswing still amazes me. Thanks, Andrew Paul   As you will see, Andrew has an excellent […]

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Online Students: Thomas Delaney

This is the email I got from Thomas’ dad Eddie in answer to my request for some background information. In my first look at the swings I saw a nice, strong motion with a good instinct for hip movement and shaft plane approach. As you will read below Eddie picked up on the lack of lateral movement and his description of Thomas as “laid off” is something I would attribute to the “pinched” left arm In the backswing, which causes him to roll his right arm up to get around the restriction on the left shoulder. This further leads to Thomas’ hands dropping straight down in transition and his upper left arm getting trapped behind him. It may be that […]

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